Press Releases – Great Lake Maritime Task Force
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Stay up-to-date with the latest news, developments and information pertaining to the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, the maritime industry and other related topics.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters 2021 Legislator of the Year 

Today the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) recognized the tremendous work done by Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters for protecting and advancing the Great Lakes Navigation System. “The Great Lakes are more than just an economic engine and ecological treasure: they are simply in our DNA as Michiganders,” said Senator Peters. “It’s critical we do everything in our power to protect and preserve the Great Lakes for future generations – and that’s always been my focus. I’m deeply honored to have earned this distinction and am thankful to have excellent partners like the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force that work tirelessly to improve the lives of Michiganders.”

House Transportation Committee Funds Key Great Lakes Projects

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday approved $1 billion for U.S. Coast Guard shore side infrastructure nationwide and $350 million for a heavy Great Lakes icebreaker as part of its budget reconciliation bill, an action that the Great Lake Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) called “great news for the Great Lakes.”

The GLMTF described the heavy Great Lakes icebreaker as desperately needed and expects that a portion of the infrastructure funds will go to good use replacing and repairing crumbling Great Lakes search and rescue stations and other USCG facilities that are used to protect Great Lakes ports and waterways.

Congressman John Moolenaar Named Legislator of the Year

CLEVELAND, OHIO (February 11, 2021) – Today the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force recognized the significant contributions Michigan Congressman John Moolenaar (R) has made to the entire Great Lakes Region.

Thanks to Congressman Moolenaar’s leadership, the linchpin of the Great Lakes Navigation System, a new large navigational lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is under construction.

The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force Thanks the Administration for the Executive Action on “Buy American” Provisions in Federal Spending

The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) wishes to thank President Biden and his Administration on signing the Executive Order, “Strengthening ‘Buy American’ Provisions, Ensuring [the] Future of America is Made in America by All of America’s Workers,” that reinforces the federal requirement that purchases by the federal government include buy American provisions. For too long allowances were made to “look the other way” when spending taxpayer funds to support the goods and services of the federal government. This order reverses those long years that sent dollars and jobs overseas.

Senator Rob Portman Named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

TOLEDO, OH – Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R) has been named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The award is presented annually by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) to a legislator who has helped advance waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway and will be presented on August 9th at 1:30 p.m. at The Great Lakes Towing Company, 4500 Division Avenue, Cleveland, OH.